On Saturday, 02/27/2016 at 7:30 p.m., Newport Police Officers responded to a vehicle crash at SW Pacific Ave and S Coast Hwy (southeast end of Yaquina Bay Bridge). A school bus being utilized for transport of patrons from the Seafood and Wine Festival, turned north from SE Pacific Avenue onto the Yaquina Bay Bridge approach. A small vehicle, driven by Shane A. Huddleston, age 40 of Albany, Oregon, was travelling north on Hwy 101 at a high rate of speed when it struck the rear end of the bus.The vehicle sustained major damage; the bus sustained minor damage. The bus driver, Diana D. Rigby of Siletz, was transporting about 40 people at the time of the crash.
No one on the bus was injured. Huddleston sustained minor injuries. He was treated and released from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. A passenger in the car, Taylor Cuilty, 21 of Corvallis, sustained serious injuries. Her condition is not known at this time. Huddleston was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of DUII, and Reckless Driving. His bail was set at $30,000. The Newport Police Department wants to remind everyone that it is important to designate a driver before an event, or make arrangements for alternate transportation.